John Justin McMurtry

Department of Social Science

Associate Professor
Chair

Office: Ross Building, S754
Phone: (416)736-2100 Ext: 77812
Emailjmcmurtr@yorku.ca

J.J. McMurtry's research and teaching focuses on the theory and practice of alternative social, political, and economic forms. Specifically, he has been focused in his teaching on developing the Social Economy stream in the Business and Society Program as well as the Certificate in Co-operative Management with the Schulich School of Business and the Ontario Co-operative Association. In his research, he has focused on the theory and practice of the Social Economy in Canada as well as the social and political forms which support this development. Two recent books - Living Economics: Canadian Perspectives on the Social Economy, Co-operatives and Community Economic Development and Co-operatives in a Global Economy - capture some of this research. Professor McMurtry is active in a number of community, economic and political organizations.

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Area of Specialization

Business and Society

Degrees

Ph.D., Social and Political Thought, York University
M.A., Social and Political Thought, York University
Honours B.A. with Distinction, History (Major), Philosophy (Minor), University of Guelph

Appointments

Faculty of Graduate Studies

Professional Leadership

Departmental:

2010 Affirmative Action Representative, CLA hiring committee, BUSO

2010 Social Science Website Committee

2006 – 10 Member and Exploratory Meeting Chair for the Social Science Academic Honesty Committee, York University

2007 – 08 Led Business and Society Program through its provincially mandated Undergraduate Program Review

Graduate Program:

2010 MA Admissions Committee, Social and Political Thought

2009 MA Admissions Committee, Social and Political Thought

Faculty:

2008 - 09 Member, Dean of Arts YU50 (York University at 50) Committee

University:

2004 – 09 York University Faculty Association (YUFA) Steward, Social Science

1999 – 2000 Vice-President External, Canadian Union of Public Employees, Local 3903, York University

1999 Member, Negotiating Team, Canadian Union of Public Employees, Local 3903, York University

1998 – 99 Chief, Steward’s Council, Canadian Union of Public Employees, Local 3903, York University

Community Contributions

2007 Host and Speaker at the Guelph Festival of Moving Images for: Losers and Winners by Ulrike Franke and Michael Loeken

2006 Host and Speaker at the Guelph International Film Festival for: Guinness Size Me by Chris Kelly, and Hammer and Tickle by Ben Lewis

2003 Campaign Manager, Bill Barrett for Guelph City Council

2003 Host and Speaker at the Guelph International Film Festival for: Palestine is Still the Issue by John Pilger, Hidden Wars of Desert Storm by Audrey Brohy and Gerard Ungerman The Friendship Village by Michelle Mason, and The Tree that Remembers by Masoud Raouf

2001 – 03 Board of Directors, Ontario Natural Food Co-op (serving on the Finance, Education, Policy and By-Law, and Strategic Planning Committees)

Research Interests

The Social Economy, co-operative practice and theory , Social, Political and Economy Theory, Alternative Energy, Fair and Ethical Trade

All Publications

Books

2010 Editor, Living Economics: Perspectives on Canada’s Social Economy. Toronto: Emond Montgomery Publications, 2010

2009 Co-editor (with Darryl Reed), Co-operatives in a Global Economy: The Challenges of Co-operation Across Borders. Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Press Ltd., 2009

Book Chapters

2009 “Co-operative Globalization: Corporate Globalization’s Unheralded Other”. In Co-operatives in a Global Economy: The Challenges of Co-operation Across Borders. Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Press Ltd., 2009. pp. 54 - 84

2009 “Preface”. In Living Economics: Perspectives on Canada’s Social Economy. Toronto: Emond Montgomery Publications, 2009.

2009 “Introducing the Social Economy in Theory and Practice”. In Living Economics: Perspectives on Canada’s Social Economy. Toronto: Emond Montgomery Publications, 2009.

Journal Articles

2009 Co-editor (with Darryl Reed), Special Edition, The Journal of Business Ethics: Business Ethics and the Fair and Ethical Trade Movements. Vol. 86, No. 1, April 2009.

2009 “Ethical Value Added: Fair Trade and the Case of Café Feminino”. Special Issue of The Journal of Business Ethics. Vol. 86, No. 1, April 2009, pp. 27 - 49

2004 “Social Economy as Political Practice”, International Journal of Social Economics. Vol. 31, No. 9, 2004, pp. 868 – 878

2001 “Commodity Cul-de-Sac”, Lead article, Socialist Studies Bulletin, Vol. 65, July – December 2001, pp. 5 – 21

Conference Papers

2010 “Organizing the Social Economy Marketplace” Workshop Participant, People’s Centred Economy, Carleton University, May 31st, 2010.

2010 “What A Long, Strange Trip It's Been: Education in and for the Social Economy” Keynote presentation to the International Student Conference on the Social Economy, Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities, Concordia University, Montreal, June 1st.

2010 “Procurement and the Social Economy”, Panel Participant, Association of Non-Profit and Social Economy Research (ANSER), Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities, Concordia University, Montreal, June 2nd.

2010 “Social Economy Measurement”, Panel Participant, Association of Non-Profit and Social Economy Research (ANSER), Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities, Concordia University, Montreal, June 4th.

2010 “Procurement and the Social Economy” Tele-learning Session sponsored by the Social Economy Research Hub, April 21st.

2010 “Teaching and Education in the Social Economy” Workshop, Social Economy Southern Ontario Research Node Symposium, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, April 12th and 13th.

2010 “Life Capital Social Economy” final presentation, Social Economy Southern Ontario Research Node Symposium, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, April 12th.

2010 “An Investigation of Fair and Ethical Trade and Local Public Procurement Policies in Canada” final presentation, Social Economy Southern Ontario Research Node Symposium, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, April 13th

2010 “Purchasing Policies and their Role in a People’s Centred Economy”, Closing Presentation, Social Economy Southern Ontario Research Node Symposium, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, April 12th.

2009 Concluding Plenary presentation, Second International CIRIEC Research Conference on the Social Economy, Ostersund, Sweden, October 2nd, 2009

2009 “Co-operative Internationalization: Lessons from the Fair Trade Movement”, co-presentation with Darryl Reed for the Second International CIRIEC Research Conference on the Social Economy, Ostersund, Sweden, October 1st, 2009

2009 “The Challenges of Designing and Implementing Living Documents – Research Conclusions”, Sustainable Purchasing Policies Symposium, York University, September 24th

2009 “Un-banking Ourselves: Credit Unions, the Credit Crisis, and Economic Alternatives”, International Co-operative Association International Research Conference, Oxford, UK, September 3rd

2009 “Social Economy or Socialization of the Economy”. Il Encuentro Internacional: La Economia de los Trabajadores. August 12 – 15, Buenos Aires, Argentina

2009 “Defining the Social Economy” as part of “Criteria for Defining the Social Economy Roundtable”, Association of Non-Profit and Social Economy Research (ANSER), Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities, Ottawa, May 27th – 29th

2009 “Theorizing the Social Economy” as part of “Theories and Practices of the Social Economy Panel”, Association of Non-Profit and Social Economy Research (ANSER), Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities, Ottawa, May 27th – 29th

2009 “Procurement and the Social Economy: The Canadian Context” Telelearning Session 14, Canadian Social Economy Hub, May 13, 2009

2008 “Cooperative Values: The Social Framework of Cooperation”, Canadian Association for Studies in Cooperation, Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities, Vancouver, June 5th – 7th

2007 “Theoretical Reflections on the Social Economy: Redefining through Life”, 1st International CIRIEC Research Conference on the Social Economy – Strengthening and Building Communities: The Social Economy in a Changing World, Victoria, October 22nd – 25th

2007 “Creating a Movement by Definition: Lessons for the Social Economy from the Co-operative Movement”, Canadian Association for Studies in Co-operation, Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities, Saskatoon, May 28th – 31st

2004 “The Commodity Cul-de-Sac”, 4th Renewing the Anarchist Tradition Conference, Goddard College, September 24th – 25th

2004 “Poststructuralism and Anarchism”, 4th Renewing the Anarchist Tradition, Goddard College, September 24th – 25th

2004 “Is there an Anarchist Economics”, 4th Renewing the Anarchist Tradition, Goddard College, September 24th – 25th

2004 “The Life Aporia of Marxian Theory”, 5th Annual Social Theory Consortium, York University, Toronto, June 6th – 9th

2002 “Social Economy as Political Practice”, Canadian Association for Studies in Co-operation, Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities, Toronto, May 30th – June 1st

2002 “Free Your Mind and Your Class Will Follow: Constructing Anarchism by Deconstructing Ideology”, Society for Socialist Studies, Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities, Toronto, May 30th – June 1st

2001 “Beyond the Commodification Cul-de-Sac”, Society for Socialist Studies, Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities, Quebec City, May 27th – 30th

2000 “How to Beckon the Future, or, Questioning the Philosophical Grounds of Praxis: Habermas, Marcuse and the Lebenswelt”, International Sociological Association: New Sources of Critical Theory, Cambridge University, September 1st – 3rd

2000 “Recasting the Mould: The Social Grounds of a Future Politics”, Society for Socialist Studies, Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities, Edmonton, May 28th – 31st

2000 “The Sins of the Fathers: Moving Social Ecology from Personality to Popular Practice”, Joint Session of the Society for Socialist Studies and Environmental Studies Association of Canada, Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities, Edmonton, May 28th – 31st

1999 “Marcuse, Socialism and the Lebenswelt”, Solidarity: The Social in Thought and Practice, New York University April 9th – 10th

1999 “Socialism as Superstition”, Thirteenth Annual Strategies of Critique, Superstition, York University, March 26th – 28th

Forthcoming

2011 “Sustainable Purchasing Policies: The Case of Canadian Universities”, co-authored with Darryl Reed, and Jackie Medalye, Chapter 10 of Social Accounting for Social Economy Organizations, University of Toronto Press, 2011 (Forthcoming)

2011 “The Role of Fair Trade and the Social Economy in Food Security” in Koc, Mustafa, Jennifer Sumner and Tony Winson, eds. Critical Perspectives in Food Studies, Oxford University Press, 2011. (Forthcoming)


J.J. McMurtry's research and teaching focuses on the theory and practice of alternative social, political, and economic forms. Specifically, he has been focused in his teaching on developing the Social Economy stream in the Business and Society Program as well as the Certificate in Co-operative Management with the Schulich School of Business and the Ontario Co-operative Association. In his research, he has focused on the theory and practice of the Social Economy in Canada as well as the social and political forms which support this development. Two recent books - Living Economics: Canadian Perspectives on the Social Economy, Co-operatives and Community Economic Development and Co-operatives in a Global Economy - capture some of this research. Professor McMurtry is active in a number of community, economic and political organizations.

Area of Specialization

Business and Society

Degrees

Ph.D., Social and Political Thought, York University
M.A., Social and Political Thought, York University
Honours B.A. with Distinction, History (Major), Philosophy (Minor), University of Guelph

Appointments

Faculty of Graduate Studies

Professional Leadership

Departmental:

2010 Affirmative Action Representative, CLA hiring committee, BUSO

2010 Social Science Website Committee

2006 – 10 Member and Exploratory Meeting Chair for the Social Science Academic Honesty Committee, York University

2007 – 08 Led Business and Society Program through its provincially mandated Undergraduate Program Review

Graduate Program:

2010 MA Admissions Committee, Social and Political Thought

2009 MA Admissions Committee, Social and Political Thought

Faculty:

2008 - 09 Member, Dean of Arts YU50 (York University at 50) Committee

University:

2004 – 09 York University Faculty Association (YUFA) Steward, Social Science

1999 – 2000 Vice-President External, Canadian Union of Public Employees, Local 3903, York University

1999 Member, Negotiating Team, Canadian Union of Public Employees, Local 3903, York University

1998 – 99 Chief, Steward’s Council, Canadian Union of Public Employees, Local 3903, York University

Community Contributions

2007 Host and Speaker at the Guelph Festival of Moving Images for: Losers and Winners by Ulrike Franke and Michael Loeken

2006 Host and Speaker at the Guelph International Film Festival for: Guinness Size Me by Chris Kelly, and Hammer and Tickle by Ben Lewis

2003 Campaign Manager, Bill Barrett for Guelph City Council

2003 Host and Speaker at the Guelph International Film Festival for: Palestine is Still the Issue by John Pilger, Hidden Wars of Desert Storm by Audrey Brohy and Gerard Ungerman The Friendship Village by Michelle Mason, and The Tree that Remembers by Masoud Raouf

2001 – 03 Board of Directors, Ontario Natural Food Co-op (serving on the Finance, Education, Policy and By-Law, and Strategic Planning Committees)

Research Interests:

The Social Economy, co-operative practice and theory , Social, Political and Economy Theory, Alternative Energy, Fair and Ethical Trade

All Publications

Books

2010 Editor, Living Economics: Perspectives on Canada’s Social Economy. Toronto: Emond Montgomery Publications, 2010

2009 Co-editor (with Darryl Reed), Co-operatives in a Global Economy: The Challenges of Co-operation Across Borders. Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Press Ltd., 2009

Book Chapters

2009 “Co-operative Globalization: Corporate Globalization’s Unheralded Other”. In Co-operatives in a Global Economy: The Challenges of Co-operation Across Borders. Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Press Ltd., 2009. pp. 54 - 84

2009 “Preface”. In Living Economics: Perspectives on Canada’s Social Economy. Toronto: Emond Montgomery Publications, 2009.

2009 “Introducing the Social Economy in Theory and Practice”. In Living Economics: Perspectives on Canada’s Social Economy. Toronto: Emond Montgomery Publications, 2009.

Journal Articles

2009 Co-editor (with Darryl Reed), Special Edition, The Journal of Business Ethics: Business Ethics and the Fair and Ethical Trade Movements. Vol. 86, No. 1, April 2009.

2009 “Ethical Value Added: Fair Trade and the Case of Café Feminino”. Special Issue of The Journal of Business Ethics. Vol. 86, No. 1, April 2009, pp. 27 - 49

2004 “Social Economy as Political Practice”, International Journal of Social Economics. Vol. 31, No. 9, 2004, pp. 868 – 878

2001 “Commodity Cul-de-Sac”, Lead article, Socialist Studies Bulletin, Vol. 65, July – December 2001, pp. 5 – 21

Conference Papers

2010 “Organizing the Social Economy Marketplace” Workshop Participant, People’s Centred Economy, Carleton University, May 31st, 2010.

2010 “What A Long, Strange Trip It's Been: Education in and for the Social Economy” Keynote presentation to the International Student Conference on the Social Economy, Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities, Concordia University, Montreal, June 1st.

2010 “Procurement and the Social Economy”, Panel Participant, Association of Non-Profit and Social Economy Research (ANSER), Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities, Concordia University, Montreal, June 2nd.

2010 “Social Economy Measurement”, Panel Participant, Association of Non-Profit and Social Economy Research (ANSER), Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities, Concordia University, Montreal, June 4th.

2010 “Procurement and the Social Economy” Tele-learning Session sponsored by the Social Economy Research Hub, April 21st.

2010 “Teaching and Education in the Social Economy” Workshop, Social Economy Southern Ontario Research Node Symposium, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, April 12th and 13th.

2010 “Life Capital Social Economy” final presentation, Social Economy Southern Ontario Research Node Symposium, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, April 12th.

2010 “An Investigation of Fair and Ethical Trade and Local Public Procurement Policies in Canada” final presentation, Social Economy Southern Ontario Research Node Symposium, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, April 13th

2010 “Purchasing Policies and their Role in a People’s Centred Economy”, Closing Presentation, Social Economy Southern Ontario Research Node Symposium, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, April 12th.

2009 Concluding Plenary presentation, Second International CIRIEC Research Conference on the Social Economy, Ostersund, Sweden, October 2nd, 2009

2009 “Co-operative Internationalization: Lessons from the Fair Trade Movement”, co-presentation with Darryl Reed for the Second International CIRIEC Research Conference on the Social Economy, Ostersund, Sweden, October 1st, 2009

2009 “The Challenges of Designing and Implementing Living Documents – Research Conclusions”, Sustainable Purchasing Policies Symposium, York University, September 24th

2009 “Un-banking Ourselves: Credit Unions, the Credit Crisis, and Economic Alternatives”, International Co-operative Association International Research Conference, Oxford, UK, September 3rd

2009 “Social Economy or Socialization of the Economy”. Il Encuentro Internacional: La Economia de los Trabajadores. August 12 – 15, Buenos Aires, Argentina

2009 “Defining the Social Economy” as part of “Criteria for Defining the Social Economy Roundtable”, Association of Non-Profit and Social Economy Research (ANSER), Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities, Ottawa, May 27th – 29th

2009 “Theorizing the Social Economy” as part of “Theories and Practices of the Social Economy Panel”, Association of Non-Profit and Social Economy Research (ANSER), Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities, Ottawa, May 27th – 29th

2009 “Procurement and the Social Economy: The Canadian Context” Telelearning Session 14, Canadian Social Economy Hub, May 13, 2009

2008 “Cooperative Values: The Social Framework of Cooperation”, Canadian Association for Studies in Cooperation, Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities, Vancouver, June 5th – 7th

2007 “Theoretical Reflections on the Social Economy: Redefining through Life”, 1st International CIRIEC Research Conference on the Social Economy – Strengthening and Building Communities: The Social Economy in a Changing World, Victoria, October 22nd – 25th

2007 “Creating a Movement by Definition: Lessons for the Social Economy from the Co-operative Movement”, Canadian Association for Studies in Co-operation, Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities, Saskatoon, May 28th – 31st

2004 “The Commodity Cul-de-Sac”, 4th Renewing the Anarchist Tradition Conference, Goddard College, September 24th – 25th

2004 “Poststructuralism and Anarchism”, 4th Renewing the Anarchist Tradition, Goddard College, September 24th – 25th

2004 “Is there an Anarchist Economics”, 4th Renewing the Anarchist Tradition, Goddard College, September 24th – 25th

2004 “The Life Aporia of Marxian Theory”, 5th Annual Social Theory Consortium, York University, Toronto, June 6th – 9th

2002 “Social Economy as Political Practice”, Canadian Association for Studies in Co-operation, Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities, Toronto, May 30th – June 1st

2002 “Free Your Mind and Your Class Will Follow: Constructing Anarchism by Deconstructing Ideology”, Society for Socialist Studies, Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities, Toronto, May 30th – June 1st

2001 “Beyond the Commodification Cul-de-Sac”, Society for Socialist Studies, Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities, Quebec City, May 27th – 30th

2000 “How to Beckon the Future, or, Questioning the Philosophical Grounds of Praxis: Habermas, Marcuse and the Lebenswelt”, International Sociological Association: New Sources of Critical Theory, Cambridge University, September 1st – 3rd

2000 “Recasting the Mould: The Social Grounds of a Future Politics”, Society for Socialist Studies, Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities, Edmonton, May 28th – 31st

2000 “The Sins of the Fathers: Moving Social Ecology from Personality to Popular Practice”, Joint Session of the Society for Socialist Studies and Environmental Studies Association of Canada, Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities, Edmonton, May 28th – 31st

1999 “Marcuse, Socialism and the Lebenswelt”, Solidarity: The Social in Thought and Practice, New York University April 9th – 10th

1999 “Socialism as Superstition”, Thirteenth Annual Strategies of Critique, Superstition, York University, March 26th – 28th

Forthcoming

2011 “Sustainable Purchasing Policies: The Case of Canadian Universities”, co-authored with Darryl Reed, and Jackie Medalye, Chapter 10 of Social Accounting for Social Economy Organizations, University of Toronto Press, 2011 (Forthcoming)

2011 “The Role of Fair Trade and the Social Economy in Food Security” in Koc, Mustafa, Jennifer Sumner and Tony Winson, eds. Critical Perspectives in Food Studies, Oxford University Press, 2011. (Forthcoming)